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​​The Oneida County History Center is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving and promoting the history, heritage, and culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. We do not receive government funding. Your support allows the History Center to shine and keeps history alive!

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Quarantined in the Time of Corona: Oneida County Experiences during covid-19


The History Center wants to preserve your story for future generations and is inviting the public to submit their COVID-19 stories. Click the image below for more information and to submit your story

History Center seeks executive director


The Oneida County History Center has begun its search for the next permanent executive director to serve as the organization’s primary external public representative and provide leadership to ensure that the History Center meets its mission on every level.  Interested candidates should read the full job description and follow the instructions provided.

Now accepting nominations for the class of 2020

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Virtual Programs & Events

Virtual Lunchtime Lectures!

Wednesday, June 10 from 12:30-1:30 pm - In Search of What She Left Behind ​


Join the History Center for our first virtual presentation! Barbara Dunadee will present a historic travelogue focused on finding remnants from the past left behind by notable area women. Inspired by her involvement in the two-volume series, Women Belong in History Books, Herkimer and Oneida Counties, 1700 to 1950 edited by Jane Spellman, Barb and her group organized several bus tours through parts of Herkimer and Oneida Counties showing others the rich history of this region. Her talk will feature some of what they have found while searching local highways and byways in an attempt to connect history with modern-day.

View a recording of the presentation on theHistory Center YouTube Channel

Wednesday, June 17 from 12:30-1:30 pm - "The Coney Island of Central NY”- Sylvan Beach in its Heyday 


​Dive into Oneida Lake and Sylvan Beach history with author and local expert, Jack Henke.  Henke will talk about "The Beach" during its heyday, ~1900, sharing fun facts and photos from the past.  Henke is the author of four books about Oneida Lake history including From “The Beach” to Brewerton: Stories of Oneida Lake, and Oneida Lake: “The Only Happiness” Place Names and History.


View a recording of the presentation on the History Center YouTube Channel
On-site services and programming at the Oneida County History Center are paused until further notice. Please click here for more information and updates. You can keep connected with local history through our digital programs and offerings outlined below.

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